Meet the team

Sue Paterson - Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary

Sue qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and practised for many years as a trust and tax lawyer both in private practice and in-house as trust lawyer to an international bank. During a career break from legal practice, she provided professional clerking services to school governors, specialising in appeals and complaints. Sue joined the Secretary’s Office in October 2006 primarily to handle student appeals and complaints. In May 2007, she was appointed to the position of Director of Legal Services and Deputy Secretary, acting jointly with Jane Bridgwater.

Email: Sue.Paterson@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1826 (Internal: 41826)
Working days: Tuesday - Friday

Jane Bridgwater - Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary

Jane was called to the Bar in 1986. Subsequently she qualified as a solicitor and became a partner and head of the employment unit at a commercial firm in Bristol. In 2000, Jane joined Burges Salmon, where she acted as a consultant from 2004 to 2007. Jane joined the Secretary’s Office as an employment lawyer in January 2005 and became Deputy Secretary in September 2006. In May 2007, Jane was appointed to the position of Director of Legal Services and Deputy Secretary acting jointly with Sue Paterson.

Email: Jane.Bridgwater@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1817 (Internal: 41817)
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Rashi Jain - Senior University Lawyer

Rashi qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and specialises in employment law. She joined the University in 2005 and advises University managers and HR teams in all aspects of employment law including equal pay, trade unions, discrimination, redundancy, conduct, fixed term workers, minimum wage, working time and employment contracts. Rashi also advises on the employment law aspects of service provision change and business transfers and represents Schools and Divisions in staff appeals and grievance hearings.

Email: Rashi.Jain@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1822 (Internal: 41822)
Working days: Monday - Thursday 

Clare Smith - Senior University Lawyer

Clare has been qualified as a solicitor since 1999 and joined the University's Secretary's Office in 2006. Clare is responsible for advising on legal aspects of University transactions involving commercial, intellectual property/copyright and property issues (other than those which are research-related). 

Email: Clare.Smith@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1829 (Internal: 41829)
Working days: Tuesday - Friday

Ginny Hope - Insurance Officer

Ginny has worked in the insurance industry for 35 years, and has worked at the University since 1999. She qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1983 and is a Chartered Insurance practitioner. Ginny is responsible for all insurance matters including property and liability insurance claims, advice on liability and insurance provisions in contracts, arrangement of insurance for new buildings and building and machinery installation projects, advice on policy coverage, clinical trial insurance, queries in connection with safety inspections for lifts and pressure plant, control of the budget for the University’s insurance. 

Email: Ginny.Hope@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1821 (Internal: 41821)    
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Laura Trescothick-Martin - University Lawyer

Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and spent four years working for a law firm specialising in education law.  Laura joined the University in 2008 and specialises mainly in student related matters. Laura deals with student disciplinary cases, student mental health, appeals and complaints, including clerking hearings and litigation cases.  Laura also deals with student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), safeguarding and criminal convictions.

Email: Laura.Trescothick-Martin@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1831 (Internal: 41831)    
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Keith Feeney - University Lawyer

Keith was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Prior to joining the University in 2008 Keith worked in private legal practice specialising  in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Keith specialises mainly in student related matters, including student disciplinary cases, appeals and complaints, clerking hearings and student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). Keith also advises on general matters including Bribery Act compliance and contract matters as required.

Email: Keith.Feeney@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1819 (Internal: 41819)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Rachel Paterson - University Lawyer

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in December 2000 and has worked at the University since May 2011. Rachel advises on non-research related commercial contracts and intellectual property issues.

Email: Rachel.Paterson@bristol.ac.uk   
Phone: (0117) 394 1825 (Internal: 41825)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Claire Rawls - University Lawyer

Claire qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and joined the University in June 2015.  Claire has experience of working in both the Public Sector and Higher Education and advises on commercial and procurement related issues.

Email: claire.rawls@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1827 (Internal: 41827)     
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Hal Jordan - University Lawyer

Hal advises the University in relation to‚Äč all legal aspects of its property matters. He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined the Secretary's Office in 2011 having previously been in private practice.

Email: Hal.Jordan@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1823 (Internal: 41823)    
Working days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Henry Stuart - Information Governance Manager

Email: Henry.Stuart@bristol.ac.uk

Phone: (0117) 394 1824 (Internal: 41824)

Working days: Monday - Friday

Christabel Oseghale - Information Governance Officer

Email: co17866@bristol.ac.uk

Phone: (0117) 394 2249 (Internal: 82249)

Working days: Monday - Friday

 

Philippa Guereca – Student Complaints Officer and Mediation Co-ordinator

Philippa receives and deals with all appeal applications at the University Stage of the Academic Appeal Process (under the Examination Regulations (PDF, 100kB) ) and all student complaints at the Formal Stage of the Student Complaints Procedure (PDF, 69kB). She also co-ordinates the University of Bristol Mediation Service, which is available to staff and students, providing a forum for a confidential constructive and safe exchange of information with a view to early dispute resolution. Philippa has a background in Psychology and Special Education and is a qualified counsellor and advocate.

Email: Philippa.Guereca@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1820 (Internal: 41820)    
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Nicola Semple - Insurance Assistant

Nicola holds a Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute and is the Service Safety Adviser for the Secretary's Office. She deputises for the Insurance Officer and has particular responsibility for travel insurance (including claims), motor insurance (including claims), student personal effects insurance, boat club insurance, transit insurance and maintenance of databases of building and contents sums insured, motor vehicles and clinical research.     

Email: Nicola.Semple@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1828 (Internal: 41828)    
Working days: Tuesday - Friday 

Pauline Smith - Senior Secretary

Following secretarial experience in the private legal sector, Pauline joined the University Secretary's Office in 2008 as PA to Sue Paterson and Jane Bridgwater and is also senior secretary to the rest of the team.  Pauline is responsible for the affixation of the University Seal on legal deeds.

Email: Pauline.Smith@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1830 (Internal: 41830)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Leanne Dickerson - Legal Administrator

Leanne joined the Secretary's Office in September 2013 as a Modern Apprentice to Pauline Smith and is now a Legal Administrator.

Email: Leanne.Dickerson@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1818 (Internal: 41818)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

For General Enquiries email: Secretarys-Office@bristol.ac.uk